A large adult Anhinga perches on a tree branch with litter, mistaken for food, wrapped around its beak near the swamps at the Neuseway Nature Center. The water bird was seen struggling, thrashing its head around in attempts to remove the waste from its beak, which was presumably fishing line mixed with swamp matter. An Anhings diet consists primarily of wetland fish, which are captured and killed by being speared by the birds beak. Because of this method of attack, Anhingas are said to be especially vulnerable to entanglement with discarded fishing line. Anhingas are native to South America and warm coastal areas of the Southeastern United States. Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.
Police beat: Sunday, Aug. 24 - Longview News-Journal: Police
24 Police beat: Sunday, Aug. 24 Gregg County Jail Tonia Marie Wrighten 28, of Longview, was arrested Friday by Longview police at Austin Banks Gilmer location on a charge of forgery financial instrument. Wrighten was being held Saturday at Gregg County Jail under bond of $5,000. Kenneth Ray Sowell, 43, of Longview, was arrested Friday by Longview police on charges of assault cause bodily injury and family violence as well as terroristic threat of family household. Sowell was being held Saturday at Gregg County Jail under bonds totaling $3,500. Tobey Dawn Arnold, 42, of Longview, was arrested Friday by Longview police at Dillards Longview Mall on a charge of theft of stolen property with two or more previous convictions. Arnold was being held Saturday at Gregg County Jail under an unestablished bond. *** Gregg County Crime Stoppers might pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction. To report a crime, call (903) 236- STOP.
Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90 - heraldstandard.com: Movies
A small, energetic man with a round face that remained boyish even in old age, he was perfectly cast at the start of his career as the young sailor or airman of British movies during and after World War II. In his 1942 film debut as a terrified warship's crewman in "In Which We Serve," a 19-year-old Attenborough made a small part into one of the most memorable roles in the movie, which won the Best Picture Oscar. In 1947, Attenborough gave one of the best performances of his career as the teenage thug Pinkie in "Brighton Rock," the film version of Graham Greene's novel. His youthful appearance nearly cost him the lead role in the original cast of "The Mousetrap," because its author, Agatha Christie, didn't think he looked like a police detective. But he starred with his wife, actress Sheila Sim, when the hit play opened in November 1952 and stayed for 700 performances. In 1959, Attenborough joined fellow actor Bryan Forbes in film production. "The Angry Silence" in 1960 was their successful debut, with Attenborough playing a strike-breaking factory worker. It was one of the first of the gritty, working-class films that heralded Britain's "new realism" of the 1960s. Together, Forbes and Attenborough produced "Whistle Down the Wind" in 1961 and "The L-Shaped Room" in 1962. Their last film, 1964's "Seance on a Wet Afternoon," won Attenborough Best Actor awards from the London Film Critics and British Film Academy. In the meantime, he had appeared as a prisoner of war in 1963's "The Great Escape" known for its classic ensemble cast, including Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Charles Bronson and starred in "Guns at Batasi," for which he won another British Film Academy award. In 1967, he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in "The Sand Pebbles." In 1969, Attenborough turned to directing with "Oh What a Lovely War," a lampoon of World War I, which won a Golden Globe award as best English-language foreign film. Three years later, he made "Young Winston," the story of Winston Churchill's early life. In between, in 1971, he turned in a chilling performance as 1950s mass murderer John Reginald Christie in "10 Rillington Place." His return to directing in the 1977 war movie "A Bridge Too Far" was an expensive disaster, despite its cast of international stars. The following year, the heavy-handed 1978 thriller "Magic" with Anthony Hopkins, also fared poorly. "A Chorus Line," Attenborough's 1985 film of the long-running stage musical, also took a critical beating. And, more recently, 1996's "In Love and War," failed to win much critical support. Attenborough was often thought to be at his best when trying to coax the finest work from actors. "Gandhi" made a star of its little-known leading man, Kingsley, and Denzel Washington won an Oscar nomination for 1987's "Cry Freedom." "The people I want to reach are those who have never even considered the whole question of South Africa. In order to do that, you have to make a film that is fundamentally entertaining. I'm in the entertainment business; I'm not a politician," he told The Associated Press at the time. "I make movies for millions of people all over the world." Debra Winger was nominated for an Oscar and Anthony Hopkins gave one of his best performances in "Shadowlands," a small, subtle film that won Attenborough perhaps his greatest critical praise.